Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or ailments. Contrary to its name, Sports massage is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or people that exercise heavily. In fact, it is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise, such as regular walking.
The Purpose of Sports Massage
Sports massage is designed to relieve and prevent injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is aimed at relieving and reducing the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to: increase endurance and performance, minimise the chances of injury and to reduce the recovery time in the event of injury.
What are the benefits of Sports Massage?
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits of sports massage include:
- Reducing swelling
- Promoting flexibility
- Draining away fatigue
- Reducing muscle tension
- Relieving pain
- Preventing injuries, especially those that occur as a result of overuse or overexertion
- Increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
- Improving heart rate and blood pressure
- Treating injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbow, sprains and strains, corked thighs
- And more…
Health Fund Rebates
Private health funds provide varying levels of cover for Massage treatment. Please contact your health fund for full details of these benefits.
AAMT and IRMA members
Alicia Moyle, Megan Ferguson, Rebecca Urie and Stephanie Varney are members of the AAMT and IRMA, the national professional body representing Remedial Massage Therapists, Musculoskeletal Therapists and Myotherapists.